Beyond Lecturing: Online Instruction & Demonstrations

Beyond Lecturing: Online Instruction & Demonstrations
Gary Childs
April 7, 2016

Online tools have become an increasingly valuable and efficient vehicle for the Libraries to reach online students for instruction and research guidance.

Providing high quality instructional sessions in an online environment can be daunting – especially as library instruction often includes theoretical content alongside practical demonstrations of specific information tools and resources. The liaison librarians in the Library Academic Partnerships division at the Libraries have many years of experience teaching and working with students online.

As a liaison librarian to the College of Nursing & Health Professions, I have led many library instructional sessions, reaching over 700 students in the last year. Beyond the formal and highly structured sessions, the online classroom allows me to engage small groups and individual students. Library Guides and tutorial videos suggest quick fixes, but when a student is struggling or has complex needs, the visual environment of a online classroom tools can facilitate the demonstration of proper methodology and advanced features.

For faculty teaching online or hybrid classes, the Libraries can partner with you to provide essential content.